‘Raging’ Sheffield drug farmer 'threatened to burn down house of love rival'

A "raging" Sheffield drug farmer brandished a crowbar while threatening to burn down the home of a man who was seeing his girlfriend, a court heard.

Thursday, 6th February 2020, 1:54 pm

Ross Bellamy shouted abuse at the man's father before jumping back into his car and performing handbrake turns, at 3pm, on May 19, 2018.

He reappeared holding car keys, which the man thought was a flick-knife, and waved the crowbar in his other hand, said prosecutor Beverly Wright.

"Do you want me to stab you?" he shouted and "threatened to wrap the crowbar around the complainant's head."

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When police were called, he fled but was found in a nearby alley with no weapons.

A crowbar was found when his Burncross Road home in Chapeltown was searched.

Officers heard a whirring noise and discovered a cannabis farm in an upstairs room with 15 plants, worth between £5,400 - £8,250 when sold. Six pots containing £240 of the Class B drug tetrahydrocannabinol were also found.

He told police the drugs were for his own use and the tetrahydrocannabinol was "beeswax he bought off the internet," added Ms Wright.

Police were called back to Bellamy's home on August 20, 2018, after reports of a disturbance, and again found seven plants with a street value of £2,520. And after neighbours reported "an explosion" on March 12, 2019, officers returned to find six more plants in his bedroom, and one in a bin.

Sheffield Crown Court heard he was on a six month sentence, suspended for two years, for producing cannabis in August 2017.

Brian Outhwaite, mitigating, said the cannabis farming was “basic and low-level”. He said Bellamy faced "very real problems" with "dark depression and anxiety," and he used the drug to help him when legal medication failed.

"He never came more than 15 or 20 feet away from the property," he added.

Bellamy, 29, pleaded guilty to affray, three counts of producing a Class B drug and possession of a Class B drug, last year.

On Wednesday, Recorder Amy Mannion adjourned sentencing until February 27 for a full probation report.

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She warned Bellamy "the most likely outcome is you will be sent to custody."